Carnegie Mellon University
One is Enough!

Tom Lauwers, George A. Kantor, and Ralph Hollis
Proc. Int'l. Symp. for Robotics Research, October, 2005.

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We postulate that multi-wheel statically-stable mobile robots for operation in human environments are an evolutionary dead end. Robots of this class tall enough to interact meaningfully with people must have low centers of gravity, overly wide bases of support, and very low accelerations to avoid tipping over. Accordingly, we are developing an inverse of this type of mobile robot that is the height, width, and weight of a person, having a high center of gravity, that balances dynamically on a single spherical wheel. Unlike balancing 2-wheel platforms which must turn before driving in some direction, the single-wheel robot can move directly in any direction. We present the overall design, actuator mechanism based on an inverse mouse-ball drive, control system, and initial results including dynamic balancing, station keeping, and point-to-point motion.

Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Microdynamic Systems Laboratory
Associated Project(s): Dynamically-Stable Mobile Robots in Human Environments
Number of pages: 10

Text Reference
Tom Lauwers, George A. Kantor, and Ralph Hollis, "One is Enough!," Proc. Int'l. Symp. for Robotics Research, October, 2005.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Tom Lauwers and George A Kantor and Ralph Hollis",
   title = "One is Enough!",
   booktitle = "Proc. Int'l. Symp. for Robotics Research",
   month = "October",
   year = "2005",